Hey everyone! I hope your August was great. I can't believe it's over! Where has this year gone? I feel so old... Excitingly, my blog turned six months old yesterday!! I'll have a "celebration" post up in a few days (hopefully) and I will try to think about some fun things to talk about. Until … Continue reading August Wrap-Up // 6 month blogiversary, almost-fame, and too many long books.
Hi! Today I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme was "Back to School Freebie," so I'm pretending this list fits that theme. It was inspired by it, though, so maybe that counts? xD. I'm completely hopeless at reading classics. It's funny, though, because I was actually pretty … Continue reading 5 Classics I Really Should Have Read By Now // Failed attempts + childhood trauma.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: February 2, 2016 Genre: YA Historical Fiction World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths … Continue reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Prussian spies, stressful tension, and many tears.
Hey!! I've been thinking about how fun bookish tags are, and I decided it might be cool to make my own!! This is The Once Upon a Time Book Tag, and it's all about "firsts" in your reading life. Obviously it might be hard to remember all of these, but that's why most are "first … Continue reading The Once Upon a Time Book Tag
Hey! I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish for today's post. The theme was "10 Book Recommendations for __." Obviously, there are not ten suggestions in this post, because 1) the number 7 is so much better than the number 10 and 2) there is a tragic scarcity of YA … Continue reading 7 Historical Fiction Book Recommendations for people who don’t read Historical Fiction
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: September 20, 2016 Genre: YA Fantasy Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid … Continue reading The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst // Villages made of trees + forest spirits that want to kill you.
I'm not one of those bloggers who gets all the arcs. I do get some from my favorite bookstore - and I am incredibly lucky in that way - but I'm not that person who gets several a week, and I definitely don't get a ton of super popular ones! One thing I've noticed as … Continue reading Do ARCs affect reading enjoyment? // Are they really that big of a deal?
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao Rating: 1.5 Stars Release Date: October 10. 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a … Continue reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // Flat characters, dull plot, and one disappointed me.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: May 10, 2011 Genre: MG Fantasy Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her … Continue reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // Wyverarys and Soap Golems.
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: October 26, 2016 Genre: YA Historical fiction Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon like all the girls in her class she ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo … Continue reading These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly // Victorian murder mysteries + swoony reporters = heaven.